Organic to Geometric

Investigations in Structure and Surface

May 25 - June 24, 2018

Curated by:
Carol Pelletier
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 25, 8pm

About the Exhibition

This exhibition explores the wide-ranging investigations of 25 artists, into the use of materiality in painting, printmaking, and sculpture.  The primary medium that binds this group of artists is wax. Curator Carol Pelletier originally conceived of this idea at the first Organic to Geometric show at the Heftler Gallery at Endicott College in 2015. From hard-edged abstractions to gritty organic surfaces, to sophisticated pattern to suspended natural structures, the show represents a perspective that reveals varied processes while carrying conceptual depth. Many of the new artists, along with some artists from the first exhibition will be present at the welcoming reception on Friday evening, on June 1st during the annual International Encaustic Conference.  There will be a catalog representing the work from this exhibition.

The Artists

Binnie Birstein, Norwalk, Connecticut; Pamela Blum, Kingston, New York; Debra Claffey, New Boston, New Hampshire; David Clark, Palm Springs, California; Miles Conrad, Tucson, Arizona; Linda Cordner, Boston, Massachusetts; Karen Freedman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Milisa Galazzi, Providence, Rhode Island; Lorraine Glessner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Shelley Gilchrist, Chicago, Illinois; Lynette Haggard, Boston, Massachusetts; Howard Hersh, San Francisco, California; Ruth Hiller, Boulder, Colorado and New York; Jeff Hirst, Chicago, Illinois; Karen Hubacher, Washington D.C.; Susan Lasch Krevitt, Thousand Oaks, California; Timothy McDowell, New London, Connecticut; Joanne Mattera, Salem, Massachusetts and New York; Cherie Mittenthal, Provincetown, Massachusetts; Laura Moriarty, Rosendale, New York; Nancy Natale, Easthampton, Massachusetts; Lisa Pressman, West Orange, New Jersey; Christine Shannon Aaron, Larchmont, New York; Toby Sisson, Providence, Rhode Island.

About the Curator

Carol Pelletier is the Chair of Fine Arts and Professor of Art at Endicott College, located on the north shore of Boston. She received her BFA through the University of Maine and MFA from James Madison University. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows nationally and internationally, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Boecker Contemporary in Heidelberg Germany, Centre d’Art Contemporain Metz France, the Acadian Museum in Moncton and Prince Edward Island, Saint-Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, the Cynthia Winings Gallery, Julie Heller East, the Attleboro Art Museum, the Becket Arts Center, the Huntington Museum of Art, the Oglebay Institute, Soren Christensen, Isalos Fine Art, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Berea College and Marietta College to name a few. She has received three National Endowment for the Arts Grants, including a Fellowship grant to honor her achievement in the field of Fine Arts. She has also received a Mellon Foundation grant and is a Salzburg Fellow.

Her work has been in multiple catalog exhibitions and publications including the most recent show at the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA, titled Thinking Sideways, curated by Nancy Natale. Other publications include, the New American Paintings juried by Beth Venn, Studio Visit Magazine, juried by Carl Belz, Creative Quarterly, Bloom Literary Journal in Los Angeles, ProWax Journal, Artscope: New England’s Culture Magazine, Visual Overture and RiverLit Magazines. She is represented by the Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine. Carol splits her time between a small island in Maine and Cape Ann located on the north shore of Boston Massachusetts.

IMAGE: NANCY NATALE, FINLANDIA, (DETAIL), 2018